Seidio active

The HTC EVO 4G LTE just set you back anywhere from $199 to $549; spending a fraction of that to protect it is a must.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a beautiful device to hold in your hand. While it certainly seems sturdier than say that “other” device from Cupertino, I would not be very happy if I dropped this – either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera lens.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen.

Seidio Active case

Seidio takes a unique approach to case design with the Active series. The case looks good, offers great protection and has some pretty innovative features.

Design

The Seidio Active case is a unique two-piece design.  The first piece is like a skin that slides over the entirety of the phone. The skin seems to be made of silicon and it fits the device perfectly.

There are indentations in the silicon part of the case to house the Power/Sleep button, the Volume rocker and the Camera button.

Silicon layer

The places for the buttons and the cutouts were really done well on this case; very precise.

There are cutouts in the silicon for the Headphone jack, the Microphones and the Speakers.

Once the silicon skin is slipped on, you snap on a harder plastic or polycarbonate case which clips on in six locations.  The silicon case is indented in those six spots (four corners and sides) and once clipped on was very secure.

The hard plastic shell was a very nice shade of blue with a soft feel to the plastic.

front and back

Protection

Cases generally come in two varieties; those that look good and accessorize your phone and those that really protect it if it drops.

Seidio is trying to do both with the Active case for the EVO 4G LTE. My sample came in a royal blue hard plastic shell with the black silicon skin underneath.  The combination of both layers really looks nice, but, most importantly; it offers two layers of protection.

I feel very confident that if I dropped my phone, this case would protect it well.  Every part of the phone is protected. If I lay the phone on its front – the case extends beyond the screen, so it rests on the case.

If I lay the case on the back, the case solves one of the design flaws of the EVO 4G LTE – the protruding camera lens. With the case on, the lens now sits just a hair below being flush with the back of the case. I finally feel like the lens won’t get scratched if I lay this phone down.

Attention to detail

The Seidio Active case is very well made, feels good in the hand and has some nice details.

One particular feature to mention is the way that Seidio handles the kickstand on the EVO 4G. When you put on the Sedio Active case, you lose access to the built in kickstand – that’s right, your built in kickstand is now covered up and useless.

HOWEVER….the Seidio Active case comes with an even better built in kickstand on the back. Knowing that this is one of the quirky yet loveable features on the HTC EVO 4G, Sedio has incorporated a kickstand of its own into the case.

kickstand

The kickstand is made of a sturdy hinged metal and is much easier to open and close than the kickstand actually built into the device.

The wrap up

The Seidio Active case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE is really a nice case. It fits perfectly, the cutouts and overlays are done well and it offers great protection. The built in kickstand is a nice bonus allowing you to still have the unique functionality, but also have the benefits of protection. The added layer of protection also protects the protruding camera lens – which certainly gives me some peace of mind.

The good

Styling is very rugged
The case is lightweight
Two-piece design protects well
Camera and front of device are protected
Kickstand is a nice touch

The bad

Case makes an already big phone that much bigger
Taking the case off takes  a bit of effort

The verdict

This is a great case to both protect your HTC EVO 4G and give it a little style. If you need a protective case – this is a great option for you.

Buy it now


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Reader comments

Seidio Active case for HTC EVO 4G LTE review

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i had two Seidio Active cases on my OG EVO. within a short time the corners of the exoskeleton cracked and fell off. this was after a short time and little wear and no abuse. i have since switched to $5 TPU cases from eBay and am much happier.

Is the kickstand sturdy enough to support the phone in both landsacpe orientations (i.e. with the capacitive buttons to the right and to the left)? That way, I can charge the phone while using the kickstand? I know the built-in kickstand is sturdy enough. If the one in the case isn't then that's a dealbreaker. I don't necessarily want the kickstand to be "easy" to close.

Negative.. only supports one side for the kickstand. The kickstand is not stiff enough to flip it if you want to charge.

Right, the kickstand collapses if you try to use it in portrait mode. It only works in landscape mode, and only with camera end to your left. South paws have to reach across the screen to use capacitive buttons.

Its designed for video watching more than reading.

Have been using this case on my Thunderbolt for well over a year now, and really like it. Have not had any issues with the plastic breaking.

Adds a *little* more bulk than some other cases, but really not bad considering the added level of protection it provides. Getting it off is a little tricky the first time or two, but you quickly learn the perfect order for popping the corners and removing it quickly.

Bottom line, my phone has survived a few drops, and still looks brand new when I take the case off. Out of 5 stars, I'd give it 4.5

Well it adds a LOT more bulk to my HTC One. It almost doubles the thickness of the phone, and STILL leaves the most vulnerable part exposed.

It may protect against a corner drop, but realistically,that's about all.

Still its cheap enough that you can slap it on when you are going somewhere that you might need it, and leave it off the rest of the time.

The "little" more bulk for a paper thin phone is a welcomed addition for me. I always feel like I'm going to break my phone because I have large hands. This case makes it just right, but still slim. And does not cause abnormal bulge in the front pocket also. I have the Ghost Armor on mine in addition to the Seidio Active Case.

I used to use Seidio cases, and yes they are good, but the thing i loved most about this phone is how sexy thin it is, and the case just ruins the profile. I did buy a TPU case, which i only use now and then(i dont have a history of dropping my phones) and that is MUCH better, and it feels like it would protect the phone just about as well. The increase in protection from a Seidio doesnt seem to be relative to the amount of thickness added to the phone. I put a carbon fiber skin on it (for looks not so much for protection) and a Steinhill Crystal screen protector, and thats about it. Love it

Seidio cases are the best. I started the life of my EVO 4G in one of these cases. They're not only beautiful but very functional as well. I love the exoskeleton that they use for the extra protection. I'll be wrapping my next device in one as well.

Pointing out that the "lens" is not protruding on the EVO LTE... it is actually just a cover. The glass is much lower (unlike on the Evo OG or even Evo 3D).

Anyone know if this works with the HTC Car dock? The dock has a removable insert that allows it to work with protective cases, but it looks like the case's kickstand sticks out and would nullify the use of the car dock with this case.

I find it interesting how this case is designed compared to the Otterbox Commuter.

On the Otterbox the corners are only protected by the silicon portion.

Who's gonna do the drop test comparison?!?